Source: Golf Advisor
When great golf courses meet the world’s most stunning land forms, it makes for the most epic experience in the game.
Golf is generally considered best along a cool coastline. But the game in the mountains, desert or along lakes is quite nice, too. The Golf Advisor Staff has determined the 50 most beautiful courses with public access. We’ve done our best to select courses around the world in a variety of settings, built in different eras by various architects and have different price points. Yes, some of these courses are actually reasonably affordable.
The greatest hubs for spectacular, beautiful golf? Hawaii is a good place to start. So is the Dominican Republic. Too warm? Grab a sweater and head to the west coast between Monterey and Bandon, or venture to Great Britain and Ireland. You can also point your compass towards either side of Lake Michigan.
We selected only golf courses that allow public, semi-private or resort-guest access, and sorted them from least expensive to most. That said, many of these courses offer seasonal discounts or stay-and-play package specials. A handful of these courses are partners of Golf Advisor and we’ve provided links their stay-and-play packages currently on offer, or you can browse their online tee times. We’ve also made a note as to whether the round is walkable or not (after all, the world’s greatest terrain is best experienced on foot).
Combing through the world’s 30,000-plus golf courses for the most beautiful is a tough list to whittle down. After all, just about any course is vastly more scenic than the cubicle you’re reading this from. Who have we snubbed? Let us know the most beautiful course you’ve ever played in the comments, or review it here.
All prices estimated USD exchange rate as of 8/19. Sorted from least expensive peak fee to highest.
#21. Punta Espada Golf Course
Cap Cana, Dominican Republic| Architect: Jack Nicklaus
Green fees: ($235 – $295) | Read reviews
What they’re saying: “Nothing better in the Caribbean. Played great courses in Jamaica, Cancun, Bermuda and none compares to this. About 1/2 the holes are on the Caribbean, the other have are beautifully carved out of the sandstone and hills making this course visually incredible.”- rayalfonso